In the Spring of 2016, Luke created a one-off program for kindergartners at Toronto’s Mabin School. Through conversation with Luke, and neighbourhood exploration, the children learned about the inaccessibility of their communities through the eyes of people who use wheelchairs.
They were then given the opportunity to create change by writing to businesses with barriers to accessibility with an offer of a free StopGap ramp. The business that accepted got a custom built ramp created by StopGap and the Mabin School kindergarten class.
The initiative proved to be so engaging and rewarding for the Mabin School Kindergartners that Luke decided to offer the program to other schools in the Toronto district. On this page, you’ll find a step by step guide to empower your class in advocating for accessibility in their communities.
Luke - Founder of StopGap
Luke started StopGap because he understood that the places where we live, work, and play need to get better, not the people. Read more about Luke's story in the links below.
The School Program
Help your students understand the barriers to accessibility in their communities. Empower them to make change.
Design a timeline for your StopGap School Project based on the Step By Step Guide. Watch instructional videos attached to each of the three culminating task lesson plans for further guidance. You can stick to the assigned tasks, or add alternate lessons to your project by browsing our online resources.
Start with Task #1, the Accessibility Audit Plan. Watch the video to learn more. Here you will survey your neighbourhood to find out which spaces are accessible, and which are not. Your job is to find at least five businesses with single stepped entryways before moving onto the next task.
Once you have identified the businesses with single stepped entryways, move on to Task #2. Please watch the video to learn how you will create your pitch to encourage those businesses to participate in this exciting and important project. If they act quickly the first five businesses will get a ramp at no cost.
Celebrate! You’ll receive a certificate and letter from Luke thanking you and your class for your hard work. Now that your hard work has paid off, throw yourselves a StopGap Fun-raiser to showcase your work, raise funds to help keep this project going, and thank your community partners. Maybe even challenge other schools to take on this project!